Pancreaticopleural fistula: a rare complication of chronic pancreatitis.

  title={Pancreaticopleural fistula: a rare complication of chronic pancreatitis.},
  author={Susan Wakefield and B Tutty and John Britton},
  journal={Postgraduate medical journal},
  volume={72 844},
Pancreaticopleural fistula is an uncommon sequelae of pancreatitis. The condition is often elusive, as respiratory rather than abdominal symptoms usually predominate and the fistula can be difficult to demonstrate radiologically. Confirmation is by demonstrating a high amylase content in the pleural aspirate relative to the serum. About half the fistulae will close with conservative treatment but persistent or recurrent effusions, often associated with stenosis or disruption of the main… CONTINUE READING